Building Contacts at 'Boss' Launch

Project aims to help businesses recruit, develop and retain employees.

A unique collaborative project between training providers representing the construction industry will be launched at Plymouth Albion Rugby Club on Thursday.

The Building One-Stop Shop (Boss) will maximize the opportunity for employers to meet those looking to get into the industry and will help the unemployed to find long-term work through education and on-site experience.

The project, which is funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), is managed by Plymouth College of Further Education and aims to help businesses recruit, develop and retain people with the right knowledge and skills.

A Boss coordinator and adviser have been appointed to liaise with businesses, to support them in providing development and training opportunities for staff.

A range of courses and workshops related to business needs have been developed, including some providing nationally-recognized qualifications.

Kirk Hookham, head of technology at PCFE, said: "This is great news for the construction industry in Plymouth. The Boss initiative will help construction locally and develop excellent partnerships with employers and other training providers, as well as helping engage more people into this rapidly-growing industry.

"This is the only such facility outside of London, and as such is a really ground-breaking development that I am sure industry will benefit greatly from. The idea behind this development is one of simplifying the multiple contact points for construction training and assessment to one central place."

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